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Temporary/Seasonal Shutdown Policy

According to State adopted NFPA 25, 2011 edition, section 4.1.1 it is the owner’s responsibility to have the fire sprinkler system maintained and operable. It is also illegal to shut one off, except for short-term maintenance/repairs although under specific conditions a temporary/seasonal shutdown may be allowed as outlined below:

In Maine seasonal occupancies are common, and the cost of heating an unoccupied building during off-season may be very high. Although an approval letter from our office is not required, if you wish to have one for your records, then send a written request, along with a statement that you have done the things listed below.  Here is a summary of how to handle a seasonal shutdown.

                1. Obtain a written acknowledgment from your local fire department.

                2. Obtain a written acknowledgment from your insurance carrier.

                3. Notify your alarm company if the building has a monitored alarm system.

                4. Make sure that the building remains locked and unoccupied during the shutdown. This includes keeping out work-crews, carpenters, painters, etc. ....................(It is acceptable for the owner, owner’s representative to do an occasional walk-through inspection).

                5. Have a licensed fire sprinkler contractor or inspector shut the system down and prepare it for inactivity.

                6. At the time of reactivation have a licensed fire sprinkler contractor or inspector reactivate the system and do the required thorough annual ....................inspection at that time. 

 

[Last updated 1-11-12. Previously updated 7-12-10. The Fire Watch Policy part of this has been moved to its own page under "Polices".]